Domaine Brunely Vacqueyras Blanc 2014
Blend: 45% Marsanne, 35% Roussanne, 10% Grenache Blanc and 10% Viognier
Domaine Brunely is located in Sarrians, a small village in Vaucluse, between Rhone and Ventoux. Since the 1990s Charles Carichon, who took over from his father, has not stopped from modernizing the equipment and also increasing the production. Several appellations are spread over 70 hectares, which allows for the domain to present a varied range of the Rhone Valley crus, in red, whites and roses, all vinified and bottled at the property.
This charming appellation within the Côtes du Rhône Villages was second only to Gigondas to earn its own village appellation status. Its wines may be red, rosé or white—though hardly any is white. Its high winemaking standards follow many of the same rules as Chateauneuf-du-Pape. But for Vacqueyras red wines, half of the grapes have to be Grenache and the remainder is usually a combination of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault.
While they can be robust and rustic in style, typically a great Vacqueyras red combines delicate aromas with intense fruit and a bright, crisp texture. They certainly don’t lack any character and show an abundance of black cherry, wild berry, plum, fig, baking spice, and a touch of game or smoke.
Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.